We are here to help. Three of our local moms that have been assisted by our services say a word about their experience with postpartum depression. If you or someone you know needs help, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I was scared to tell anybody what I was feeling." While Sarah experienced postpartum depression with her first child, things were much worse with baby #2. She knew something was very wrong. "It's so important that you seek therapy and medication if you experience postpartum depression. You deserve to enjoy your children."
As a first-time mother, Sierra was scared by the thoughts that flooded her mind shortly after childbirth. She was afraid to touch her new baby, to bond with it. "I had these uncomfortable thoughts that are hard to talk about." After receiving therapy and medication, the clouds finally lifted. "Don't be afraid to reach out and grab that hand that's waiting to help you."
With Shandrea's second son, after an emergency c-section, her depression led to suicidal ideations. "I had these very negative thoughts. I remember thinking - I'm not okay. I was worried they were going to take my kids away if I talked about what I was feeling." Thankfully, Shandrea reached out for help and now it's her mission to help other moms get the help they need.
Kristy describes her experience with postpartum depression. Thankfully, her husband at the time recognized the signs and arrived just in time to save her life.
Bella and her husband are both in the medical (hospital) industry, yet neither were prepared for the intense postpartum depression that descended on their home after the birth of their child. Valentine's Day was the breaking point for Bella, when she asked her husband to simply end it all. Thankfully, after some trial and error on medicine and therapy, Bella is well and her family is thriving.
"I was crying, the baby was crying. I had so much anxiety. I felt like there was no way out...."
Kristin talks about the struggles of her own postpartum depression. As a licensed mental health therapist and PhD, she had insight into what was happening, but many don't.
Having a child later in life and coming from a large family don't mean you are less likely to experience postpartum depression. Here, Shawna tells her story of expecting her only child at 39 and the postpartum depression that engulfed her days following the birth.
Tina experienced postpartum depression with her first child. Unfortunately, the lasting effects of untreated PPD resulted in divorce. Getting professional help would have made all the difference.
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